The new layout at the Great Stoke (rabbit) roundabout, which has increased capacity at the busy junction, is now fully operational.
Changes made to the roundabout have also improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
The work, which started in January 2020, was originally scheduled to last 12 months but despite the Covid-19 lockdown, activities continued on site throughout. Quieter roads during lockdown meant some of the work could be brought forward ahead of schedule, reducing the amount of disruption caused.
The £2.9 million scheme in Stoke Gifford has been funded by the West of England Combined Authority.
Improvements at the roundabout include:
- Localised widening and modifications to road markings on the circulatory and on all approaches to increase from two to three lanes
- The introduction of Toucan crossings on each of the four arms, which are prioritised for pedestrian and cyclists, as this will be an attractive alternative to cyclists using the roundabout
- The introduction of high quality carriageway entry and exit points for cyclists which are clearly signed, coloured and marked
- Widening of shared use foot and cycle paths where possible, to a suitable width with a high quality surface finish.
There are a few minor works remaining to be completed on the roundabout. These are weather dependent and will be carried out as soon as possible over the coming months.
Investing in these improvements and increasing the roundabout’s capacity will help future-proof the highway network, support planned housing and employment growth in the area, and encourage greater use of sustainable travel methods.
Great Stoke roundabout is a major intersection of the local highway network that is located near a number of developments, including the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN), Horizon 38, Charlton Hayes, Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood and Haw Wood. The north fringe is a major economic hub within the region, which is continuing to expand with the Filton Enterprise Area (FEA).
The scheme forms part of a £174 million investment in our roads to reduce congestion, improve pedestrian and cycling facilities and future-proof our network. Further information about our highway improvement schemes is available on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/majorroadworks.